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ATO #111 - June 9, 2000

PART 1: Contest Winners Announced!
PART 2: Beat the Heat - Summer Chats!
PART 3: News


Congratulations to the winners of the Regimes of Flight Art Contest
Winners! These students depicted different regimes of flight in the style
of various artists.

The work of all the entrants is displayed online at


Beat the Heat: Thermal Protection Chats!

We will be chatting and with researchers from the Space Technology Division at NASA Ames Research Center. I think you will find this fascinating and a worthwhile topic. This will introduce you to the topic of materials for thermal protection and the use of computer models for predicting the heat generated by vehicles entering different planetary atmospheres. This is a very important topic for those of you who plan to travel in space in the near future.

Tuesday, June 27, 2000 10 AM Pacific, George Raiche, Research Scientist
George studies how well spacecraft perform as they enter a planets atmosphere. Read his bio at http://quest.nasa.gov/aero/team/raiche.html


Virtual Skies is an air traffic management project for students and
teachers in Grades 9-12. It will be a "project based learning
activity" with hands on multimedia to enhance student decision making
and problem solving skills. Materials will be tied to the National
Standards in Mathematics, Science, Technology, Geography and Language  
Arts. Stay tuned for more news as we crank up over the summer!

Planetary Flight is an aerospace project for Grades 4-8. (more reason to
attend summer chats). This will be an inquiry based learning project to
design an airplane to fly on Mars. The stuff dreams are made of!! We will
also be keeping you posted on this one this summer.

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